Exploring doctoral students’ expectations of work-based skills training

Candy, Jenny, Rodrigo, Padmali and Turnbull, Sarah (2019) Exploring doctoral students’ expectations of work-based skills training. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 9 (3). pp. 403-417. ISSN 2042-3896

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Purpose - Doctoral students are expected to undertake work-based skills training within their doctoral studies in areas such as problem solving, leadership and team working. This study explores student expectations of doctoral training within a UK Higher Education context.

Design - The data for the study was gathered via two focus groups conducted among doctoral students from different faculties in a post-92 UK University. Participants were selected using a snowball sampling approach.

Findings - The findings suggest that the expectations of doctoral students are contingent upon their year of study, study mode, perceived fit between training goals and available training, peer recommendations, Word-of-Mouth (WoM) and the scholarly support they received from their supervisors.

Practical Implications - The study suggests a better understanding of students’ segmentation can help Higher Education Institutions deliver training that meets the expectations of doctoral students in a way that result in zero or a positive disconfirmation.

Originality/Value – This paper develops and deepens the understanding of the doctoral students’ expectations of work-based skills training and highlights the need for universities to adapt their doctoral training according to the expectations of different student segments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Expectations, Doctoral students, Expectancy-disconfirmation theory, UK higher education, Work-based skills
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2020 15:14
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 18:49
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42575

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